Stu Murphy

Senior Consultant
Wellington Office

Drawing on his broad consulting skillset and his background in operational public-service delivery, Stu helps agencies develop and implement services that produce better outcomes for the people who use them.

As a strategist and service designer, Stu also designs operating models that work for the people and organisations that provide the services. He loves to lead and facilitate highly collaborative multi-disciplinary teams that help public-sector agencies co-design, deliver, and continually improve public services.

Stu started his career working in drama and theatre programmes for adult male prisoners and for young people in the community at risk of offending. This kindled in him an enduring passion for public service and for tackling thorny social problems that affect the most marginalised in society.

Clients always appreciate Stu’s level-headed, inclusive approach to solving complicated problems, and his ability to work successfully in difficult, high-profile environments.

Outside of work Stu can usually be found on adventures with his family in the great outdoors around Aotearoa, or seeking out new places to eat in Wellington, or immersed in a novel.

Examples of Stu’s work

Stu has worked extensively across various policy areas, including law enforcement and national security, justice and corrections, employment and skills, youth, and health.

He joined MartinJenkins in 2022 from a consultancy firm in the UK, where his work included:

  • Supporting the UK Home Office with organisational design, implementation, and continuous improvement of a new unit that provides critical national services to UK law enforcement organisations under the Investigatory Powers Act

  • Leading preparations for a Public Accounts Committee hearing, including preparing high-quality briefing materials for the Permanent Secretary and the Chief Executive and Programme Director of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service – Stu was highly commended for this work

  • Delivering a business case to scale up the National Citizen Service, a flagship government programme to support young people to successfully transition to adulthood and build a more cohesive society. This included developing a revised commissioning model and practical tools to make sure the delivery network could meet the additional demand and the target objectives of the service.

Before becoming a consultant, Stu worked for one of the UK’s leading providers of outsourced public services. There he was responsible for developing and implementing a range of innovative programmes, including a national diabetes prevention programme.

Stu’s qualifications

Stu has an MA in Applied Drama (with Distinction) from the University of Exeter, and a BA in English Studies from the University of Nottingham.